The gift of the Rosary

Saint Thomas Aquinas Priory, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 April 2010

The cards for the General Promotion of the Rosary have been distributed by tens of thousands. On the front they show a photograph taken by Brother Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, OP, and can be used as a simple and evocative sermon. Be they large or small, they are all the same overleaf: you will find the site’s slogan in the three official languages of the Dominican Order, “Pray, preach, live… the Rosary!”

This photo, taken in the church of the priory of the Dominicans of Buenos Aires, represents a classical scene from the Dominican iconography, the gift of the Rosary to Saint Dominic by the Virgin Mary.

Numerous churches have a Rosary chapel. In them we find Our Father Saint Dominic receiving this gift from Our Lady. Throughout the centuries, artists have competed to represent this scene, be they sculptors, painters, stained glass makers or mosaicists.

Dominic receives the Rosary. This gift is an illustration of the great Marian devotion of this Castilian saint. The writings of the Order often remind us of our founder’s love for Our Lady.

He receives the Rosary as a gift made to him, personally. He becomes its herald throughout the centuries, and his friars will come to understand: this treasure is entrusted to the Order which must preach it everywhere, well beyond the confines of the Dominican family.

And it is each one of us who receives the Rosary. For the brothers and sisters of the Order, it is even part of the Dominican habit. Sometimes this rosary we receive the day we receive our habit comes from a brother who died long before us. Thus it becomes our heritage, like a commitment of prayer for the friar who preceded us, like a reminder of this link which unites our earth with heaven!

This rosary received by Dominic is a treasure which we are asked to make bear fruit… otherwise it could well be taken from us!

It is a singular treasure: when we give and share it, we lose nothing. We become richer!

It is up to us to pray it, to preach it…and to live it!

Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, OP

General Promoter of the Rosary